You Are So Needed

Why would you ever stay small?

Or crawl into your cave to stay away?


Your voice holds a formula, a song,

we have never heard before.


Don’t hold back what is uniquely yours–

don’t tarnish or devalue your craft.


You are everything needed

to flourish in the space which you’re a part of.


So please, don’t evade. You are

more than qualified to simply be yourself.

After the 14th

Something inside me broke–

and it’s been a gathering of shards and scraps since.

I’ve been holding the pieces in my arms

asking God for it to be fixed.

But maybe the shards of glass are just sand

and they’re meant to blow away with the wind.

Perhaps what was broken was intentionally finished

so I may receive what God wants to give.

This Is For You

She received the book,

and it was bound in a lattice cloth

with her name woven at the top.

Inside: you are still the person that I love.

Outside: a beating heart,

a thrown-off start

to reacquainting.

This is for you.

And she ate up all the pages,

all the insane inscriptions, cursive letters,

pictures and stories

pouring out like a deep breath–

they wrote outĀ all the things she’s ever felt or said

from the very beginning of memory.

The book: you have been connected from the start–

you, and all the untouched that you guard.

So this is for you.

If it was all somehow collected and packaged up

to be given to you like a gift,

it would arrive to you likeĀ this.